Alabama Republican Governor Kay Ivey signed a new measure into law that requires anyone convicted of a sex crime where the victim was 13 years or younger to be chemically castrated.
“Under the new law, offenders required to undergo the reversible procedure must begin the treatment at least a month before their release dates and continue treatments until a judge finds that it’s no longer necessary,” NBC News reports.
The Republican governor signed the bill into law on Monday, the last day available for her to do so, but did not publicly comment on its merits.
Here’s more, from the report:
The bill was introduced by Rep. Steve Hurst, a Republican representing Calhoun County, who said that if he had his way, offenders would be permanently castrated through surgery.
“If they’re going to mark these children for life, they need to be marked for life,” Hurst told NBC affiliate WSFA of Montgomery.
“My preference would be if someone does a small infant child like that, they need to die,” he said. “God’s going to deal with them one day.”
The Alabama chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, opposed the measure as unconstitutional.
The Hill reports, Hurst added: “Not only did I want it to pass, I want to follow it on through to the future where we can try to improve it. One of the ultimate goals that I want to do is for us to track it and to make sure what medication works for what individuals.”
“I had people call me in the past when I introduced it and said, ‘don’t you think this is inhumane?’” Hurst said of the new law, the Hill reports. “I asked them what’s more inhumane than when you take a little infant child, and you sexually molest that infant child when the child cannot defend themselves or get away, and they have to go through all the things they have to go through. If you want to talk about inhumane–that’s inhumane.”
According to NBC News, Alabama is now the seventh state to pass such a measure requiring the physical or chemical castration of certain sex offenders in their state, joining California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Here’s even more on the bill, via the Hill:
The legislation, known as House Bill 379, states that criminals convicted for a sexual offense involving anyone under the age of 13 would be “required to undergo chemical castration treatment in addition to any other penalty or condition prescribed by law.”
The law, which was sent to Ivey’s desk over the weekend, said it would also require the criminal to foot the bill for the procedure, but also states that the bill would “prohibit a person from being denied parole because of indigency.”
“This bill would also provide that if a person is ordered to undergo chemical castration treatment as a condition of parole and the person refuses to undergo the treatment, his or her refusal would constitute a violation of parole and 6 would result in the person being remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections,” the legislation also reads.